Deputy SPD MP Karl Lauterbach will not let go. For many years, the health expert has been involved repeatedly in the pharmaceutical industry and drug manufacturers. Lauterbach wants to make sure that health insurance companies no longer bear the costs of homeopathy. Now he dares a new push.
"False, in the sense of reason and enlightenment"
Lauterbach uses a model from France. In that country, the health authorities had decided only a few days ago that homeopathic medicines had accepted their effect and demanded that the cost of these treatments should no longer be covered by health insurance. In France, school doctors and homeopathic doctors have been arguing for years. While some claim advertising for the exclusion of "esoteric disciplines of medicine", others are claiming a lawsuit "for breach of professional ethics". According to the Chamber of Physicians, 56% of French swear by Globuli et Cie. Similar figures are also known in Germany.
"In the sense of reason and enlightenment as well as patent protection, it is also wrong in Germany to pay for marketing reasons for homeopathy," Lauterbach shouted Tuesday on the service Twitter short messages. The man had to talk about it in the GroKo, he explained in an interview with the "Tagesspiegel". Even in Germany, legal health insurance companies are not obliged to pay the cost of alternative medicines. But almost all major health insurers voluntarily pay for homeopathic medicines and treatments. That's what Lauterbach wants to change. Because "voluntary benefits must have economic and medical significance," said the SPD politician.
The Union opposes to her: "Do not lead a crusade"
It is supported by the Joint Federal Committee (GBA), which decides on mandatory benefits from statutory funds. "Treatment methods without clear evidence of efficacy and benefits should not be improved by the fact that they are paid by health insurers as statutory benefits", said GBA President Josef Hecken at the "Tagesspiegel". The Union reacted without understanding Lauterbach's comments. no crusade against non-medical practitioners and naturopathic treatments, "said her health spokeswoman Karin Maag.It believes that it is wrong to limit the voluntary benefits of insurers.
Health Minister Jens Spahn, now a member of Maag's party, has reopened in 2010 at Lauterbach's request to ban the cost of homeopathic treatments. Many studies have not been able to prove that homeopathic preparations have a medicinal effect, he said in the "Berliner Zeitung".